46th Annual CSU, SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium, 2021 [Online]

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The CSU, SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium
Thursday, May 6, 2021

The conference will be held "Online Only" (ZOOM) for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions. It will be hosted by California State University, San Bernardino.

For more information, please contact Eric Vogelsang <eric.vogelsang@csusb.edu>


The CSU SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium (S4, pronounced "ess four") is modeled on professional conferences in the social sciences. The year's symposium will be held online (hosted by CSU, San Bernardino). There is no cost associated with presentation or attendance, since the individual CSU campuses subscribe to the SSRIC.

The general schedule can be found here: Program 2021 Timetable.


We invite all CSU undergraduates and graduate students, from all areas of the social sciences (broadly defined) to present their research to their peers. The atmosphere of the S4 is very relaxed, and the emphasis is on meeting and sharing with other CSU students with similar interests. 

Participants will make ZOOM presentations (with slides) of about 12-15 minutes in length. Individual and group submissions are welcome.



If you would like to present your research but you are NOT interested in being considered for a paper award, you only need to (1) register for the Symposium and (2) submit an abstract of between 150-250 words with your registration.

Full Paper:

If you would like to present your research AND be considered for one of the "best paper" awards, you must (1) register for the Symposium and (2) submit a full paper with an abstract of between 150-250 words. Note: Papers may not exceed 20 pages in length, excluding references, graphs, tables - all of which should be placed in the appendix.


The 2021 S4 will include four different "best paper" awards ($500 each). 

  • Best Undergraduate Paper
  • Best Graduate Paper
  • Best Use of Quantitative Data
  • Best Use of Qualitative Data

Official Rules for the SSRIC Symposium

  • Overview of Paper Awards
  • Student Eligibility
  • Symposium Participation
  • Abstract-Only Requirements
  • Full Paper Requirements
  • Paper Restrictions
  • Award Criteria
  • Selection Process

Official S4 Paper/Abstract Formatting Requirements

  • Abstract-Only Example
  • Full Paper Example

If you have any other questions, contact (in order of priority):